Expats moving to New Zealand usually have many questions, often about what to expect from expat life. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about living in New Zealand.

Is it expensive to live in New Zealand?

The cost of living in New Zealand is entirely dependent on one's salary, lifestyle and dependents. Generally, the cost of living in New Zealand is found to be quite high for expats, but this opinion is also relative to where they were living prior to moving to New Zealand. 

How far away is Australia?

‘Not far enough!’ goes the Kiwi joke. In reality, Australia is a little over 1,200 km (745 miles) to the west. Flight time from Auckland to Sydney is two and a half hours, with frequent departures throughout the day.

How safe is New Zealand?

New Zealand is a very safe place, with among the lowest rates of robbery and violent crime in the developed world. But there are incidents of crime, so expats should take the usual precautions.

What percentage of the population is Maori?

Around 15 percent of the people are Maori, 75 percent are of European descent and the remainder is made up of Pacific Islanders and Asian immigrants, among other ethnicities.

Expat Health Insurance


Cigna Global

With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global


Moving Internationally?

Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.

Get your free no-obligation quotes now!